Cris Cyborg is arguably the most dominant female fighter on the planet. Cyborg always found as a mega-favorite in most of her matchups and not even a single female MMA fighter at 145 pounds or below, currently or in past betting favorite over her.
Cyborg won five straight fights in a row in the UFC and hadn’t lost in 13 years, is unhappy with a proposed date of Nunes fight and the promotion calls for the super fight to happen at UFC 232 on Dec. 30. With all the chaos Cyborg thinks Nunes will be her last fight in the UFC and opens as betting favorite over Nunes.
So who could beat Cyborg, as it’s hard to picture if any female MMA fighters possess abilities to beat Justino but there are some who thinks she is beatable.
With all the buzzing going around about this super fight, former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate who recently interview with MMAJunkie, weighs-in on this fight, based on her own experience against Nunes.
“I think Amanda could be the one to beat Cyborg,” Tate said. “The reason that I say that is because I’ve been hit by Amanda. I’ve never been hit by Cyborg, and I’m sure she hits like a truck, but I can definitely attest to the power that Amanda has and she’s deceptively lengthy.”
“She’s very long. You think you’re out of her range and you’re not. She’s someone who could actually probably hurt Cyborg.”
‘Cupcake‘ recounts her experience against Nunes, where she suffered a devastating loss via submission at UFC 200 in 2016. Then in the same year, Tate went on to lost the bout against Raquel Pennington, shortly after those loses she announced the retirement from MMA.
Nunes is coming off fifth-round TKO win over Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro back in May.
Tate says no doubt Cyborg is favorite over Nunes to win, but not without getting a hard time from Nunes.
“Cyborg, I don’t think has ever really had to respect the power that another woman possesses standing across from her. Or least she never seems to have,” Tate said. “With Amanda, that’s different. She needs to respect the power of Amanda, because if she goes in there and walks in straight like she does most other girls, she could really get hurt. With that being said, Amanda is a 135-er. She’s smaller.”
“Cyborg is the woman to beat. I think odds are still in Cyborg’s favor, but Amanda does possess the ability to hurt and stop Cyborg. I think she has the ability to hurt and stop a lot of men. So, with that being said, I don’t think it would be a mistake on her part to go up to 145 and take on the biggest challenge that there is.”
Cyborg last fought at UFC 222 back in March, when she defeated the Yana Kunitskaya via first-round TKO.
Do you agree with Tate, Nunes can beat Cyborg?